Degenerative Disc Disease is a medical condition that occurs when the cushions between the vertebrae start to wear out. The primary purpose for theses cushions is to maintain motion between the vertebrae and so the spine can work like a shock absorber. Degenerative discs in neck can lead to neck and arm pain and degenerative discs in the low back can lead to back, buttock and leg pain.
The highest risk factor for developing degenerative disc disease is genetics which accounts for over 70%. Other factors include trauma, smoking, heavy physical work/lifting and obesity.
Degenerative disc disease involves a loss of fluid in disc which makes vertebrae appear closer to each other in x-rays. The degeneration also involves tears in the outer part of the disc called the annulus that leads to small bone spurs and roughened margins on the top and bottom of the vertebrae. The reduced space between vertebrae can result in pressure on nerves and pain
Frisco Spinal Rehab Clinic uses spinal decompression to relieve degenerative disc disease by gradually separating bones in the spine and releasing pressure within the spinal discs. The negative pressure allows for the natural spinal fluids to rehydrate the degenerated disc.
The Chiropractors at Frisco Spinal Rehab often prefer multiple spinal decompression treatments to help achieve retraction of the nucleus core to the center of the disc.
Spinal Decompression is a pain free gentle procedure which serves to help alleviate the pain associated with degenerated disc disease. Contact Frisco Spinal Rehab today for an appointment.
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